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Series: Darkest London #3.5
Published by Forever on November 5, 2013
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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Eamon Evernight has always lived in his older brother's shadow. While his brother is fair of hair and lithe in body, Eamon sparks fear with his fiery locks and massive frame-and rumors of a mysterious power. But when his brother has the good fortune to be betrothed to a beautiful stranger, it's Eamon's help-and quick wit and romantic heart--that he needs. Eamon agrees to write the noble lady...a generous offer that will forever leave him a changed man.
Lady Luella Jane Moran has no interest in an arranged marriage and tries valiantly to dissuade her betrothed from afar. Though her own letters plainly state her case, the words her husband-to-be writes her leave her aching for his touch. Will Lu give in to the desire the missives have kindled within her? Or will desire turn cold when she discovers their true author?
Well, it’s official: Kristen Callihan can do no wrong. I love everything about her Darkest London series (which I have yet to review on the blog but I will, I promise!) – from the period setting, to the supernatural and paranormal elements she weaves in so seamlessly, to the strong heroines and wonderfully drawn heroes, Darkest London is one of my favorite discoveries of the past year. I adore these books and was excited to see this novella, Entwined, offered for review on NetGalley. It’s book 3.5 in the series and it’s perfect for those readers wanting to dip their toes into Callihan’s world while eagerly awaiting the upcoming release of book four.
All I have of you are these letters, and I covet them, hiding the stack away like some miser before the winter. For I fear that, should I lose them, I’d lose a part of you, and my soul would be irrevocably torn. — Eamon
Entwined tells the story of Eamon Evernight and his courtship of Lady Luella Moran. Their courtship is complicated since Eamon has been writing letters to her as his brother, her betrothed, and that’s just one of several massive secrets that both Eamon and Luella are hiding. Entwined is a sweet, romantic little novella with a touch of magic and suspense. Callihan does an admirable job of building the tension – waiting for those secrets to be revealed created a wonderfully tense pace. The chemistry and repartee between Eamon and Luella, both in person and through letters, is smart, funny, flirty and romantic. And the sex scene is so awkward but achingly sweet that you can’t help but smile, be a bit embarrassed, and then smile again. Of course there’s some mild action with a villain, some magic because this is Darkest London after all, and somewhat of an obscure but ultimately satisfying tie-in to the series as a whole. In fact, I had to go back and re-read some passages in Winterblaze to really get the full connection. It was worth it and reminded me of key plot points from the last book which should carry over through the overall series.
You can read Entwined as a standalone, however, it won’t give you the full punch of the supernatural world Callihan has created which truly is engrossing. If you’re a fan of the series, this is a must read simply because it’s a good story. 5 Howls!